An Original Six matchup in Beantown, Boston as the Detroit Red Wings look to take down the juggernaut Boston Bruins at home. The Bruins, with an almost perfect record, sit pretty at the top of the Atlantic Division and the league. The Red Wings have made strides from their offseason, with their improved lineup aiding their place in the standings, as they are currently tied for third in the Atlantic Division. The Wings are looking to bounce back after a 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils, while the Bruins look to extend their record to 7-1 after beating the Dallas Stars 3-1.
Last season, both teams split the season series, with each team taking two games a piece. Boston took the edge in the goal scoring department, outsourcing Detroit 14-9 throughout those four games. If any of this information is an indicator for tonight, it means we are in for a high scoring matchup between these two teams. Boston has looked like the most complete team in the league, even though they have missed time from two of their key players. But one of them slots into the lineup tonight, as Brad Marchand has been cleared to play tonight for the first time this season. A marquee matchup worthy of munchies, this is a must-watch game for tonight.
Players To Watch
For the Bruins, it’s Brad Marchand. It’ll be exciting to watch Marchand step out for the first time this season. A highly competitive forward with tons of skill, Marchand dazzles the fans whenever he’s on the ice. Although he will play tonight, it is questionable whether he will play tomorrow in Boston’s back-to-back. This is for the better, as the Bruins shouldn’t look to rush Marchand back into play after he had missed the opening seven games of the 2022-23 season recovering from offseason double hip surgery. Although teammate David Pastrnak has been lights out, scoring five goals and seven assists for 12 points to tie for the league lead, Marchand will show us what he’s made of and how ready he is to make a full commitment back to the lineup.
For the Red Wings, Dominik Kubalik is the player to watch. A great offseason addition by the Red Wings, the Czech winger leads the Red Wings with 10 points through six games. A middle six sniper who has made his way to the top line, Kubalik adds some nice firepower to a Red Wings team that needed goals last season. He can drive his own play, but has become a great complimentary winger, playing alongside Dylan Larkin and David Perron. A younger winger in his prime who looks to make the most of every opportunity, Kubalik should be a fun player to watch.